Police Report Overturned Pickup, Missing Jewelry Chest

Two cellphones were also reported as being stolen.

The Newtown Township Police Department reported the following recent activity.

Monday, Oct. 1

Shortly before 1 p.m. police responded to meet with a resident of Wrightstown who reported that he had received a phone call marked "private", from an unknown male stating that the resident won a Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes. The male asked the resident if he would be home between 2 and 4 p.m. The resident confirmed that he would be home and waiting.  The resident told the officer that he felt that the male caller was trying to find out if anyone would be home during the afternoon hours and if not, burglarize his home.  The officer advised him to contact police should he receive any further phone calls or see anyone suspicious in the area. 

Tuesday, Oct. 2

A Council Rock High School North student reported that she mistakenly left her cell phone with her lunchbox in a classroom around 11:45 a.m. When she returned to retrieve her property around 2:15 p.m., the cell phone was no longer there. The phone was a Samsung Galaxy S3 and is valued at approximately $500, according to police.

While on patrol in Helen Randle Park around 9 p.m., an officer found a black sports equipment bag in the parking lot.  No one was in the area so the bag was brought back to headquarters for safe keeping in hopes that the owner of the bag will claim it. 

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Shortly after 1 p.m., a resident of Second Street Pike reported that she hired a mover to move household items and since she was unable to move in right away, the items were put into storage.  Within the past two weeks, the movers have been delivering items to her new home but she has been unable to locate some of her property.  The missing property includes her jewelry chests, the victim told police.

Thursday, Oct. 4

A resident of Blue Bell Court came to police headquarters to report that she was the victim of credit card fraud.  The victim told the officer that when he received his statement there were more than $9,500 in fraudulent charges. 

Friday, Oct. 5

While on patrol Wrenwood Way around 5:30 p.m., an officer located two 13 year-old juveniles riding a mini bike and a golf cart on Pheasant Lane.  The officer had the two juveniles return to the home, where he met with an adult and explained the prohibitions regarding riding the vehicles on the township street.

At approximately 8 p.m., police were dispatched to area near Wendy’s Restaurant when a passing motorist called to report numerous juveniles fighting.  Arriving officers observed crowds of juveniles who had been attending a football game at Council Rock High School North moving between the high school and the shopping center.  Police dispersed the crowds and requested assistance from neighboring police departments.  Officers from Newtown Borough, Lower Makefield and Upper Makefield responded in order to monitor the crowds during and after the game.  Newtown Township Police spoke with several of the school officials including the school principal about the juveniles leaving the game at halftime and creating problems in the area of the shopping center.  The principal stated that at future games, if people left during halftime, they would not be readmitted to the game.  It was also suggested that the parents of the attendees pick up their kids from the school and not from the adjacent shopping center parking lots. 

Just before 10 p.m., police were dispatched to the PetSmart for a report that the rear door of the business had been damaged.  Employees were able to secure the building but wanted to report they believed the damage had been caused by the juveniles who had been fighting in the immediate area. 

Saturday, Oct. 6

Around 12:20 a.m. police were dispatched to McCaffery’s Market for a report of a stolen cell phone.  The officer met with the 13 year-old victim and his mother, the victim told the officer that his phone was in his knap sack that he left unattended in front of the store around 10:30 a.m. and when he returned, he discovered the Samsung phone valued at $200 was not in his bag. 

Shortly after 4 a.m., police responded to the area of Durham Road south of Worthington Mill Road for the report of a one-vehicle traffic accident involving a pickup truck that was overturned in a field.  Officers found a black F-250 resting on its driver's side in a field approximately 75 feet off of Durham Rd. The front end and side of the truck were heavily damaged and debris was scattered about the area. A utility pole had also been damaged. It was determined that there was no operator on the scene.  Investigation revealed that the truck was owned by 26 year-old Richard Hays of Linton Hill Road. Officers made contact with Hays who told police that he was traveling on Durham Road when a deer ran into the road. Hays reported that he "lost control' of his truck and remembered "rolling" the truck and then exiting the truck and "running" to his mothers house. Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the pickup truck had a suspended registration and the truck was uninsured. Hays will receive citations charging him with unattended hit and run, failure to maintain insurance and operating with suspended registration.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Swamp Road of a one-vehicle traffic accident. The responding officer made contact with the driver and determined that there were no injuries, but the vehicle did strike a tree and damaged a roadway sign. The driver was able to drive the car from the scene.

Thursday, Oct. 11

A resident of Leedom Way called police around 8:25 a.m. to report that the passenger side rear window of his vehicle had been smashed out at some point overnight. The responding officer did not find any object that might have been thrown at the window. The victim said there was nothing stolen from the vehicle.

A resident of Williams Avenue in Wrightstown called around 10:45 a.m. to report a suspicious male going to homes on the street with a hand truck and then going around to the rear of the homes. The subject provided the responding officer with identification confirming that he was subcontracting for PECO and installing electric meters.

Around 4:40 p.m., police responded the area of the Sherwin Williams Paint Store for a complaint that there were juveniles setting off fireworks. Upon arrival, the officer met two teens who admitted to setting off firecrackers and apologized for their actions. 

At approximately 9:25 p.m. a dump truck traveling on the Newtown Bypass had two rear tires blow out, scattering debris on the highway and causing damage to three other vehicles. 

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